The four forests of Southern California—Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland, and Los Padres—constitute four of the most urban-influenced forests in the United States, serving an increasingly diverse population of over 20 million people who live within an hour’s drive of the four forests. The Forest Service recognizes that the “ethnic diversity of the population has increased,” and that “[m]angers are…challenged to effectively communicate with diverse populations of people in order to understand the ways they would like to use the forests.” Yet between 77% and 83% of visitors to the Angeles, Cleveland, and Los Padres National Forests are non-Hispanic White in a region that is disproportionately people of color and in a state in which whites are in the minority.
The forests are part of The City Project’s vision for meeting the diverse green space needs for all the people of Southern California. It is necessary to bring green space to the people, and take people to the forests and other green spaces.
The City Project is building bridges between traditional environmentalists and diverse communities to diversify access to and support for the forests in Southern California. Download our Forest Policy Brief (388 KB [PDF]). Download the Policy Brief in español (572 KB [PDF]).
In August 2004 The City Project submitted public comments (560 KB [PDF]) on behalf of a diverse alliance of social justice organizations, conservationists, community groups and everyday people concerning the Forest Service Management Plans and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will shape the future of the forests.
“The Angeles National Forest is the most urban forest in the country, and close to the most ethnically diverse city in the country. The Forest Service is not doing enough,” said Robert García in the Pasadena Star-News, which ran an article detailing the efforts to diversify access to and support for the national forests.